Occasionally I’ll get a patient who is up against a deadline for their tattoo removal. For example, maybe they’ve got an upcoming wedding and their wedding dress would reveal some unwanted artwork. Or perhaps, they would like to permanently remove that “old flame’s” name before the planned nuptials. Perhaps they have a job interview with a company that doesn’t allow visible tattoos while on the job – think military.
Well this leads to an interesting discussion around how often we can treat a tattoo. The standard answer is 4-8 weeks in between treatments. However, if a tattoo has been previously treated and proven recalcitrant, I generally recommend 8 weeks between treatments to ensure the maximum amount of fading. But, if a tattoo is small, it’s generally ok to treat it every 4 weeks. Everyone else falls somewhere in between. Some studies show that the longer we wait between treatments, the better the removal goes. This is probably true with POS Q-switched lasers since they tend to damage the skin considerably which requires a lengthy healing time. In contrast, when using the PicoSure laser, the skin is left intact and this shortens the time between treatments. Additionally, since the skin itself cannot absorb the picosecond pulse, the majority of the energy is used to fracture and destroy the unwanted pigment. Ultimately, this leads to better clearance and fewer treatments with PicoSure versus old-technology Q-switched lasers.
Regardless, your tattoo removal regimen should be unique to you and customized based on your individual requirements, situation and ink. A skilled PicoSure provider can discuss and tailor the various treatment strategies to optimize the tattoo removal whether you’re in a time crunch or not. If you have a question regarding the speed of your removal, I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.